How to Apply & Deadlines

Application Instructions for Post Baccalaureate Programs

Information for all Post-Baccalaureate Applicants

Application / TO APPLY

Application for admission to the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education is provided via an electronic admission application found here.

All application materials should be uploaded electronically. By submitting an application to UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education, consent is granted to university staff to obtain any additional or missing information as needed, including Campus Safety Information.

A separate application and fee must be submitted for each program to which you apply.

Minimum Post-Baccalaureate Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in their undergraduate degree. However, attainment of a 2.5 grade point average does not guarantee admission.

The criteria for admission includes, but may not be limited to, academic progress, two letters of recommendation and commitment to the teaching profession and children.

Application Fee

A non-refundable $85 application fee is required for each program to which you apply. Applicants can pay their application fee online by credit card or by mailing a check or money order made payable to School of Education. Applications that arrive without the required application fee will remain on file, unprocessed, pending receipt of the application fee. If someone is paying the application fee for you, please ask him or her to include your name as the intended applicant when they submit the check or money order.

School of Education, Admissions Office
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
103 Peabody Hall, CB 3500
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Regardless of the type of payment applications and payment must be received and processed before the application deadline. Application fees are non-refundable and no applications will be considered after the application deadline has passed.

Application fee waivers

Application fee waiver requests are available for four groups of domestic applicants listed below. When completing the online application, please select pay by check. You should then submit the required documentation listed below directly to the School of Education Office of Student Affairs at:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Education Office of Student Affairs
CB 3500 103 Peabody Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3500

Your application will remain on file, unprocessed, pending receipt of the required documentation. Fee waiver requests must be received before the deadline for any application to be considered.

  1. Full-time permanent employees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who submit an application UNPAID and submit a UNC-CH Employee Application Fee Waiver (PDF), approved by employee Benefits.
  2. Current McNair Scholars applying for a graduate program to begin immediately following graduation – with no breaks in enrollment from undergraduate to graduate level (only written official verification signed by the current campus McNair Representative will be considered).
  3. U.S. citizens who meet the following need-based eligibility:
    • are currently enrolled in a degree program with no breaks in enrollment from point of entry at the undergraduate level
    • have continuously received need-based financial aid
    • have had no breaks in financial support since onset of support
    Only a verification letter on letterhead signed by your current institution's financial aid office will be considered.
  4. Participants in the Summer Pre-Graduate Research Experience (SPGRE) or Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) applying for a graduate program to begin immediately following graduation with no breaks in enrollment from undergraduate to graduate level (only written official verification signed on letterhead by the current SPGRE or MURAP Director or Program Coordinator will be considered.)
  5. Participants in the Gates Millennium Scholars program: In order to qualify for this application fee waiver, applicants must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program in the semester immediately preceding the academic term for which they are applying. Only a verification letter signed by a Gates Millennium Scholars representative will be considered.

We will be happy to consider your waiver request if you can satisfy these criteria and upon receipt of the required documentation. While participation in select scholarship programs or payment waivers granted by other sources do not automatically grant fee waiver eligibility at this campus, we welcome fee waiver requests from participants who meet the above need-based eligibility criteria.

Please present a copy of these instructions to the financial aid office at all institutions that you attended. Request a letter on University letterhead with an original signature certifying the specific items listed above including both your enrollment history and financial aid history from point of entry at the undergraduate level. No other forms of documentation can be accepted (no form letters, photocopies, or financial aid transcripts, please.)

This is a fee waiver process and not a fee payment reimbursement process. Once the application fee is paid by either check or credit card, waiver or reimbursement is no longer an option.

Admissions Term

Most programs admit students for the fall semester only. Check our website for the appropriate admissions term and deadline for your application.

If offered admission, that offer is specific to the term stated in the admission letter. If you do not register for classes or complete your first semester, you must apply again in a subsequent semester.

Application Materials

No applications or materials will be accepted after the deadline.

Transcripts from all Institutions Attended

Transcripts of all post-secondary education (including community colleges, summer sessions and extension programs) are required to be uploaded to the online application.  These records should clearly show your full name, grades for all courses taken, and GPA.  Unofficial transcripts are fine for this application.  Upon acceptance into a program you will be required to submit official copies of all transcripts to the School of Education.  Please do NOT send official transcripts until after you have been offered admission.

It is your responsibility to make sure that all of your transcripts are legible.  After you have uploaded your transcripts please save the page and go back to edit the information for each school.  This will give you the option to “View Uploaded File” to see what your transcripts look like.  You have the option to “Remove Uploaded File” as many times as necessary until your upload is legible.  Failure to ensure that your transcripts are legible could cause your application to be considered incomplete and ineligible for review.

These unofficial transcripts must be complete (not select courses), include grades, be issued in the original language and be accompanied by certified English translations when applicable. Transfer credit posted on the transcript of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from the institution attended. You may upload unofficial transcripts before mid-year grades are posted.

You should follow the instructions in the application for uploading unofficial transcripts, including:

  • Applicants should either upload the document directly if it is in an accepted format or scan each unofficial transcript into a file that can be uploaded as part of the application.
  • Make a low-resolution black and white photocopy of your transcript to help reduce file size.
  • Transcripts should be scanned using the gray scale option for clarity.
  • Your scanning software should ask you what resolution to scan your document, either before or after the scan. Be sure to scan at no more than 72dpi.
  • Check file size and do not exceed 1024kb.
  • Scan multiple page transcripts into one file.
  • Preview your uploaded transcript(s) to ensure legibility so that the processing of your application is not delayed. If you cannot read the file clearly, please try another scanner or different settings and upload again. Illegible transcripts may result in your application not being reviewed.
  • A transcript from each institution is always required.

Two Letters of Recommendation

We must receive at least two letters of recommendation for you. During the online application process, you will be prompted to enter the names and email addresses of individuals you wish to submit recommendation letters on your behalf. You have the ability to enter in up to six recommender names in the application. We will review your application with the first two letters received. Please select individuals who know some of the following about you:

  • Your commitment to education
  • Your experience with or ability to work with children, adolescents, or teens
  • Your academic promise
  • Your leadership potential
  • Your ability to work with others

At least one recommendation must directly address you experience with or ability to work with children, adolescents, or teens.  It is your responsibility to convey this to your recommenders as the request for recommendations that they receive is generic and does not ask for this information.  Please be sure to make this very clear to both of your recommenders as failure to include this information in at least one of your letters of recommendation could result in a poor evaluation of your application.

None of your recommendations may be from a family member or a School of Education faculty or staff member.

During the online application process, you will be prompted to enter the names and email addresses of individuals you wish to submit recommendation letters on your behalf.    You are allowed to submit a total of six recommenders in the online system.

Email invitations will be sent to recommenders once you select 'Save' in the online application. You can also send reminder emails to your recommenders within the online application.

Please note you will not be able to change or add additional recommenders once your application has been submitted, although you are still able to send reminder emails via the online system.

Statement of Purpose (essay on commitment to the teaching profession and children)

To help us understand your commitment to the teaching profession and to children, we would like you to address the following in your statement of purpose:

  1. Describe why you want to become a teacher or why you want to pursue this additional licensure area.
  2. Describe your commitment to the teaching profession and children, adolescents or teens.
  3. Please list the experiences you have had with children, such as jobs, volunteer efforts, and extra-curricular activities, along with the duration of each experience.
  4. Please tell us what particular strengths and skills you (will) bring to teaching.

Resume

Include a resume describing your educational background and professional experience.

Passing Test Scores (if applicable)

Passing test scores are only required for Lateral Entry and Licensure Only programs.

Nondiscrimination Policy

With respect to equal employment and educational opportunity, it is the policy of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the School of Education not to discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, disability or sexual orientation.

Additional Information for Lateral Entry and Licensure Only programs

Passing Test Scores

Passing exam scores are REQUIRED for all Lateral Entry and Licensure Only applicants.

Passing scores on the PRAXIS OR PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators or alternative exams are required for admission to the School of Education. Please consult the following list to see if you have an exemption from taking the PRAXIS tests or any portion. If you are exempt from taking either PRAXIS test based on your SAT or ACT scores then you MUST have your qualifying SAT or ACT scores officially reported to UNC Chapel Hill by the application deadline. If you do not fall in to one of the categories below, you may still submit your application, but you MUST take and pass all three sections of the PRAXIS I or PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators to be considered eligible for admission. Please designate UNC Chapel Hill (RA5816) as a recipient of your scores when you register.

  • If your SAT Mathematics score is 550 or higher, you are exempt from the Mathematics portion of PRAXIS.
  • If you SAT Reading score is 550 or higher, you are exempt from taking the Reading and Writing portions of PRAXIS.
  • Individuals with a total SAT score of 1100 (SAT Mathematics and SAT Reading sections), are exempt from taking PRAXIS.
  • If your ACT Mathematics score is 24 or higher, you are exempt from the Mathematics portion of PRAXIS.
  • If your ACT English score is 24 or higher, you are exempt from the Reading and Writing portion of PRAXIS.
  • Individuals with a composite ACT score of 24 are exempt from taking PRAXIS.

Additional Information for ALL Add-On Applicants

  • It is strongly preferred that one of your letters of recommendation come from your immediate supervisor.
  • Teaching License:  If you are a currently licensed teacher, please upload a copy of your current teaching license during the online application process. This is required for all add-on licensure programs.

Additional Information for School Administration Add-On Applicants

Please see the Supplemental Instructions for this program.

Campus Safety Information

Applicants for admission will be asked several questions regarding criminal pleas, charges and convictions, academic suspensions, and military discharges. If additional information is needed, you may be asked to submit information for a criminal background check, including a nominal fee. You must describe violations of law in your home country and in any other country in which you have resided. The term “law” includes codes, legal rules and regulations, and other criminal-type statutes or violations of municipal, local, provincial, state, federal, national, commonwealth, and other governmental jurisdiction. Failure to provide complete, accurate, and truthful information will be grounds to deny or withdraw your admission, or to dismiss you after enrollment. The same actions will occur if you fail to notify The School of Education promptly in writing of such charges that occur at any time after you submit the application.

Application Status

Once we have received all required application materials and fees, the review and evaluation of your application will begin. You may monitor the status of your application checklist through the application website.

Incomplete Applications

School of Education application deadlines are strict.

All application materials, including letters of recommendation and official test scores, must be received by the application deadline.  Applications that are incomplete after the deadline will be administratively withdrawn and will NOT be reviewed for admission.

All application materials are submitted electronically.  Applicants are responsible for monitoring their application status and ensuring that their application, including letters of recommendation and official test scores, is complete by the application deadline.  Failure to do so will result in your application not being reviewed for admission.